Hollywood film deal for Monster Nanny

We are overjoyed to be able to share the exciting news with you that Tuutikki Tolonen’s Monster Nanny  is going to be made into a movie!

Screen Daily published news of the deal in an exclusive on November 3rd. Click here to go to the full announcement on Screen Daily.

Scott Free Productions has signed a deal to develop Finnish family fantasy bestseller Monster Nanny into a feature. Tuutikki Tolonen’s book tells the story of a half-human, half-beast nanny that comes to look after three children when their mother wins a vacation.

Nordic noir has already proven a phenomenon and finally there is now the Scandinavian family adventure story Monster Nanny, to be developed and produced into a feature film by the exceptionally great Scott Free Productions,” said Giddings.

Tammi Publishers published Monster Nanny in Finland. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, whose stable of children’s books includes The Polar ExpressThe Little Prince and Curious George, will publish the US version in 2017.

I loved this fresh and funny novel,” said Houghton Mifflin Harcourt senior editor Margaret Raymo. “The author matter-of-factly creates a world where monsters work as nannies and bathrobes talk – there’s a classic old-fashioned Roald Dahl feel to it with the everyday and the fantastic interacting seamlessly. We’re happy to bring this clever and engaging Finnish novel to US readers.”

Publishing rights have been licensed in 14 territories so far including Germany, China, France and Spain. The book’s sequel, Monster Route just came out in Finland.

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Rights sold:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
CATALAN, La Galera
CHINA (simplified), Beijing Children’s Publishing House
ESTONIA, Tiritamm
FRANCE, Robert Laffont (two-book-deal)
GERMANY, Carl Hanser (two-book-deal)
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon (two-book-deal)
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
NETHERLANDS, Luitingh-Sijthoff (two-book-deal)
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
SLOVENIA, Mladinska knjiga (two-book-deal)
SPAIN, La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren (two-book-deal)
WORLD ENGLISH, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

About author

Tuutikki Tolonen

Tuutikki Tolonen is the author of several acclaimed children’s books, plays and academic articles. She teaches creative writing and has worked as an editor and reporter at Vinski, a Finnish literary magazine for children. For Monster Nanny she received the Arvid Lydecken award.  Her inspiration for the Monster Nanny trilogy sparked during a family breakfast. “My son Leo, then six, said: ‘I heard on the radio yesterday that all moms have to go on vacation and monsters will take their places,” she says.

Her other bestselling series is the Agnes-series, of which the first book "Agnes and the Garden of Dreams" was in 2021 nominated for the Arvid Lydecken Award, received an honorable mention for the Runeberg Junior Award, and won the Luku Varkaus Award. Tolonen tells that the inspiration for Agnes comes for her interest for weird and inexpicable tales, ghost stories and mysteries: "I wanted to write a book my daughter Aili, then nine, would like to read - not too long, not too scary, but very curious."


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